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Asian Chicken Salad

September 10th, 2010 · 32 Comments

Asian Chicken Salad

Asian Chicken Salad

We always enjoy a crunchy meal, and this Asian inspired salad with the Napa cabbage, carrots, and rice noodles satisfies our chomping desires. The recipe uses Newman’s Own low-fat sesame ginger dressing, and when tossed to order gives this salad just the right kick with you wanting more.

Prepare all the ingredients in advance and store them in zip-type bags, when ready to serve portion out and measure what you need for each serving into a large bowl, then toss with the dressing, garnish with the rice noodles and chopped green onions for a flavorful and elegant salad in must minutes. Keeping the ingredients separated until service time gives you the advantage of serving this salad in individual portions, and tossing in the dressing just before serving, thus preventing any ingredients from getting soggy or wilted.

The recipe…

1 Head Napa cabbage, shredded
1 ½ Cups Chicken breast, cooked and cubed
1 Cup Edamame, cooked, shelled
1 Cup Cucumber, seeded, julienne
1 Cup Carrots, julienne
¼ Cup Cilantro, chopped
¼ Cup Radishes, thinly sliced
¼ Cup Newman’s Own Low-Fat Sesame Ginger dressing
1 Can Mandarin oranges (11-ounces)
¼ Cup Rice noodles
¼ Cup Green onions, chopped
1 Tbsp Black sesame seeds (optional)
Procedure Steps
1. Combine the cabbage, chicken, edamame, cucumber, carrots, cilantro, radishes and dressing. Toss well to coat with the dressing. Fold in the mandarin oranges.
2. Portion onto individually chilled salad plates, then garnish with the rice noodles, green onions, and optional black sesame seeds.

Serving Tip: When mixing the salad in small batches, and for each individual serving portion out about 1 cup of the Napa cabbage, ¼ cup each of the chicken, edamame, cucumber, and carrots, and then put all of these ingredients into a large mixing bowl. Then portion out about 1 Tbsp each of the cilantro, radishes, and dressing. Toss well, and then fold in 1 Tbsp of the oranges and then portion out evenly on individual salad plates. Garnish with 1 tbsp each of green onion, rice noodles and ½ tsp optional black sesame seeds.

Typically, Monique and I would eat this meal together, so I would portion out two servings into a large bowl, then toss well with the dressing and divide it out into the two individual salad plates. So for the two servings I would double the amounts listed above, i.e. 2 cups Napa cabbage, ½ cup chicken, etc… If you wanted to portion out four servings then you would add 4 cups Napa cabbage, 1 cup chicken, etc… make sense?

TIP: Edamame, which is green soybeans are now a staple ingredient for most grocery stores these days, not just Asian or Oriental supermarkets. Typically found in the freezer section and sometimes fresh in the produce section, either in the shell or out of the shell, edamame is sold in one pound plastic bags or containers. Edamame only takes about 5 minutes to cook by steaming or boiling, and makes a great snack or appetizer.

The single recipe yields four servings; however, we doubled the amount so that we could have enough salads for several days.

Dinner is served…another view…

Asian Chicken Salad

Asian Chicken Salad…another view

Bon appetite!

©2010 CCR

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32 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Jason's BBQ Adventures // Sep 10, 2010 at 9:33 am

    Wonderful looking salad full of flavor.

  • 2 pegasuslegend // Sep 10, 2010 at 9:43 am

    I love Asian style salads, this one is totally awesome~

  • 3 Kristi Rimkus // Sep 10, 2010 at 10:07 am

    You really can’t beat an Asian salad. Love Newman’s own salad dressing. This salad is perfect for parties. Everyone likes it.

  • 4 Jan // Sep 10, 2010 at 10:14 am

    LOVE the look of this!!!

  • 5 Torviewtoronto // Sep 10, 2010 at 10:17 am

    this looks very delicious

  • 6 May Ling Wu // Sep 10, 2010 at 10:33 am

    Looks nice and hearty, a great meal salad for on the go 🙂 Love the flavors.

  • 7 Drick // Sep 10, 2010 at 10:58 am

    good lord – such good ingredients… no wonder you like it so

  • 8 Lisa Faley // Sep 10, 2010 at 11:05 am

    YUM! Some of my favorite flavours are in this salad!

  • 9 Evan @swEEts // Sep 10, 2010 at 11:40 am

    I’m glad we have to go to the store soon so I can buy all these ingredients!! delicious!

  • 10 Susi // Sep 10, 2010 at 12:20 pm

    What a beautiful and colorful salad! I will be taking note of this, my family would adore this dish!

  • 11 Wendy (The Weekend Gourmet) // Sep 10, 2010 at 1:13 pm

    That looks so good..saving to try one night soon! I love Newman’s dressings…they’re the only bottled dressings I buy. The Asian is very good!!

  • 12 Emily @Cleanliness // Sep 10, 2010 at 1:51 pm

    That looks absolutely scrumptious! As your meals do always 🙂

    PS. I’m making those heavenly hash brownies again tonight for my friends. They were a complete HIT. Kudos to you and your family for the recipe!!!

  • 13 Tiffany // Sep 10, 2010 at 2:15 pm

    Oh, I want it right NOW! Great post, great recipe!

  • 14 Vegan Thyme (Kelly) // Sep 10, 2010 at 2:41 pm

    I love anything that goes “crunch”! I have been sort of getting tired of the old salad scene. Seems I ate them over and over again this summer but your recipe revives my interest! Thanks for another terrific salad to try!

  • 15 5 Star Foodie // Sep 10, 2010 at 3:01 pm

    Terrific fresh flavors and the crunchy flavors sound wonderful in this salad!

  • 16 Dana // Sep 10, 2010 at 3:44 pm

    This sounds great! I love salads that have a lot of “stuff” in them. Lettuce can be so boring… this is certainly anything but!

  • 17 Carla and Michael // Sep 10, 2010 at 3:49 pm

    Great looking salad. I’m going to have to make this soon. I love asian chicken salads.

  • 18 Ingeborg // Sep 10, 2010 at 5:39 pm

    Mmmmm, very refreshing! Asian salads are delicious! I’ll make my own dressing for this salad. I never purchase salad dressings.

  • 19 Amanda // Sep 10, 2010 at 6:48 pm

    Mmmm piled high, that looks fabulous!

  • 20 Gera @ Sweets Foods Blog // Sep 10, 2010 at 10:39 pm

    Incredible the colors and flavors in the salad….. dinner is served …I’m going there!

    Have a great weekend,


  • 21 Marisa // Sep 11, 2010 at 12:00 am

    Love all of the different flavors and textures going on in this dish. I really do enjoy Asian-inspired salads!

  • 22 penny aka jeroxie // Sep 11, 2010 at 9:37 am

    Nice Asian salad you made. Well done! 😀

  • 23 Mary // Sep 11, 2010 at 9:53 am

    This is a perfect meal for those on the go or those enjoying a quiet weekend. It is very approachable and the textures and flavors here are wonderful. I hope you are having a great day. Blessings…Mary

  • 24 Kristen // Sep 11, 2010 at 10:01 am

    Newman’s dressings really are the best pick for a quick go-to salad. Your crunchy ingredients sound great!

  • 25 Karen // Sep 12, 2010 at 2:53 pm

    Yum…Looks flavorful and refreshing! The crunchy noodles add such great texture.

  • 26 Mirjana Mut // Sep 12, 2010 at 5:36 pm

    I like the way you share your recipes. It looks great and it tastes great. Thank you for always giving additional helping advice.

  • 27 Conor @ HoldtheBeef // Sep 12, 2010 at 10:36 pm

    I love these types of crunchy salads, and this one looks lovely. Also, thank you for reminding me about napa cabbage and edamame – I enjoy eating both but for some reason they’ve fallen off my radar. Cheers! 🙂

  • 28 Boudreaux Ryan // Sep 13, 2010 at 11:35 am

    Hi everyone, and thank you all so much, we ate this salad for days, the ingredients hold up in zip-type bags and only takes about five minutes to toss together.

    Bon appetite!

  • 29 Anna Johnston // Sep 18, 2010 at 4:16 am

    I love the Asian salads for the same reason. Lots of taste & texture going on at the same time.

  • 30 InTolerantChef // Sep 19, 2010 at 7:12 am

    Love asian salads, fresh and crunchy, sweet and spicy… what’s not to love?

  • 31 Carol Egbert // Sep 25, 2010 at 10:10 am

    Edamame is a great addition.

  • 32 Kath // Oct 3, 2010 at 6:51 pm

    This salad looks fantastic! I make my own salad dressing most of the time, but I do admit to having a bottle of Newman’s Own Low-Fat Sesame Ginger dressing in my refrigerator. It’s great for a quick salad at home or to take to work.

    I’m bookmarking this one. Thanks!